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Good Samaritan killed in wrong-way crash was Paso Robles woman, CHP says

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Update, 1:20 p.m.:

The CHP has identified the person killed this morning in a wrong-way crash on Highway 101.

According to the CHP, 55-year-old Monica Cantu of Paso Robles was killed from blunt force trauma when she and another Good Samaritan pulled over to help the driver of a car that had spun into the center divider after being struck by a wrong-way driver.

The pair were hit by another car driving past that ran over some debris and caused the vehicle to spin out of control.

CHP spokesman Patrick Seebart said the other Good Samaritan injured was Raul Gomez, 49, of Paso Robles. Gomez was taken to Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center for major injuries.

The driver who was injured in the wrong-way crash was identified as Anne Neville-Olson, 62, of Atascadero. She was taken to Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center with moderate injuries.

The CHP is still searching for the wrong-way driver, Pedro Alvarado-Torres, who reportedly fled on foot after the wrong-way crash.

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The CHP has identified Pedro Alvarado-Torres, 40, of King City, as the man who drove the wrong-way on Highway 101 in Paso Robles early Monday morning, hitting another car. Alvarado-Torres fled on foot, the CHP said. California Highway Patrol

Original story:

A Good Samaritan was killed early Monday morning as they tried to help someone involved in a wrong-way crash on Highway 101 in Paso Robles, the CHP said.

Just before 2 a.m., a wrong-way driver was traveling south on northbound Highway 101 near Spring Street and hit another car, according to CHP Officer Patrick Seebart. The car that was hit spun into the center divider.

The wrong-way driver, identified by the CHP as Pedro Alvarado-Torres, 40, of King City, fled the scene, Seebart said.

Two Good Samaritans saw the crash, pulled over on the right-hand shoulder and ran into the median to help the driver of the other car, Seebart said.

As they got out of their car, an approaching vehicle hit debris that was in the lane from the wrong-way crash. The debris bent the wheel backward and sideways, causing the driver to lose control of the car, Seebart said.

“It pulled him right to the left. He had nothing he could really do,” Seebart said.

The Good Samaritans tried to get out of the way, but were hit by the car, Seebart said.

One of the Good Samaritans was killed. The other one suffered major injuries and was taken to Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center in San Luis Obispo.

They have not yet been identified.

The driver of the car that was hit by the wrong-way driver received moderate internal injuries and was also taken to Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center, Seebart said.

The CHP is looking for Alvarado-Torres and asks anyone with information to call the agency at 805-434-1822.

Additional information was not immediately available.

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Gabby Ferreira is a breaking news and general assignment reporter at The Tribune in San Luis Obispo. A native of Houston, Texas, she was a reporter in Tucson, Arizona; Indianapolis, Indiana; and Palm Springs, California, before moving to San Luis Obispo County in 2016.
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